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James (Jim) Alan Cooper


Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

James (Jim) Alan Cooper, 66, of Spring Valley, died on Thursday, Sept. 17, surrounded by his family at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Saint Marys Campus in Rochester. 

Jim was born October 13, 1948 to M. Robert and Dorothy (House) Cooper, in Rochester, MN.  He grew up in Stewartville and Rochester and graduated from John Marshall HS in 1966.  While in high school, he met the love of his life, Judy, and they were married June 22, 1968.  Jim attended college at Rochester Junior College and the University of Minnesota, Duluth where he majored in music education.  Upon leaving college he worked for Groves Kelco, Inc. and Moorman Feed Co.  In 1974 he moved with his family to Caledonia, where he got his start with the Caledonia Ambulance, and began teaching EMS classes for Red Cross, American Heart Assn., and Rochester Technical College. 

In 1988, Jim moved to Spring Valley to become the director of the Ambulance Service where he spent 26 years dedicating himself to his community and improving Emergency Medical Services for the city and the surrounding area.  Jim founded the SVAA Association to make EMS training more accessible for other ambulance and fire services in rural SE MN.  This charitable organization purchased equipment to support the training and assured the citizens of rural Spring Valley that they had the best in class EMS services.  Jim taught and inspired a countless number of area EMTs and First Responders, as well as nurses, teachers, daycare providers, lifeguards, and other care-takers.  Jim served as Emergency Management Director and was licensed as an amateur radio operator.  Jim also worked as a Medicolegal Death Scene Investigator for two area regional Medical Examiners offices.  Jim was active in the Boy Scouts of America and led an Explorer Post in Spring Valley to provide leadership development and career experience opportunities for students and young adults.  Some of his students have gone on to careers in the medical field such as Registered Nurse, Flight Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Physician Assistant.

Jim was a loving and dedicated husband, father, brother, son, and loyal friend.  Jim was a skillful leader with a servant’s heart.  He found his calling in the ambulance service and found no greater fulfillment than serving his community of neighbors and friends.  Jim was most proud of his family and his ambulance crew, who were family for him as well.  Jim loved to hunt, golf, an .....
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Russell H. Nagel

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Russell H. Nagel will be held 10:00 A.M. Wednesday September 23, 2015 at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church in Cherry Grove with Dr. Dave Lieder and Rev Deanne Woodard officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemeter ..... 
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Helen Maricle

Wed, Sep 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Helen Maricle will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, MN with Pastor Barb Streed officiating. Burial will take place in Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will ..... 
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Judith "Judy" M. Long

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Judith "Judy" M. Long, age 75, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Sunday morning, September 6, 2015, at her home in Spring Valley following a short illness. Judy was born April 12, 1940, in Spring Valley the daughter of Erwin and Irene (Winters) Rat ..... 
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Dorothy A. (Maricle) Vrieze

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Memorial services for Dorothy Vrieze will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, MN with Pastor Dave Lieder officiating. Burial will take place in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation ..... 
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Richard D. Oeltjen Sr.

Tue, Aug 18th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Richard D. Oeltjen Sr. will be held 10:30 A.M. Thursday August 20, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Spring Valley, MN with the Rev Betsy Dartt officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Meadow Cemetery. Visitation will be ..... 
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Russell "Jack" Ristau

Tue, Aug 11th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Russell "Jack" Ristau,84, of Spring Valley, formerly of Carimona Township, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 on his birthday at the Spring Valley Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church i ..... 
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Debra "Debby" Lynn Thauwald

Tue, Aug 4th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Debra "Debby" Lynn Thauwald, age 59, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Monday afternoon, August 3, 2015, at her home, from cancer. Debby was born September 17, 1955, in St. Cloud, Minn., the daughter of David and Joan (Rondeau) Griggs. She was a gradua ..... 
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Arthur B. Foster

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

A visitation for Arthur Foster will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, MN. Arthur B. Foster, age 60, of Spring Valley, MN passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 doing what he loved most, fish ..... 
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